Issued by City of York Council
City of York Council has welcomed news that the number of people claiming Jobs Seekers Allowance (JSA) in York has again fallen, representing the lowest figure since October 2008.
The Office for National Statistics have released figures today stating that there are 2317 claimants in York, a fall of 134 from last month and of 740 from September 2012.
The claimant count represents 1.7% of the working population and contrasts to the regional average which stands at 4.1%. The figures are also much lower than the national average which stands at 3.2%.
Cllr James Alexander, Labour leader for City of York Council said: “Low unemployment is testament to working in partnership with the private sector to grow the economy and increase the number of job opportunities for York residents.
“These are the best figures for five years and outperform the region and national picture.
“Despite approaching full employment, in work poverty, low wages and the cost of living remains are becoming increasingly important issues for York residents and the council.
“The best way to combat poverty in this city is to get people into well paid work, that is my priority.”
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